Top Resources for Millennials
We’ve made thoughtful recommendations for services, applications, and websites that we’ve vetted and love below. Some links generate affiliate commission at no cost to you. Bookmark this Amazon link to support Smart Millennial Business by shopping for the things you already planned to buy! Got a great link that we should include? Sponsorship opportunities change monthly and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Starting a Business
Get your logo and business card graphics at 99Designs
We’ve used 99Designs– twice!– to get comps for our initial launch. Instead of agonizing over your own ideas in Photoshop, let their design community propel you forward.
Get 30% off your first Vistaprint order
If you’re at the stage where you need a set of business cards printed (or just about any other branded peripheral), Vistaprint should be your only resource. We’ve spent hundreds of dollars with them across multiple projects and couldn’t be happier.
Cheap creative services by Fiverr
Make money on the side selling your skills or take advantage of a marketplace of professional workaholics at cut rates for your cash-strapped startup.
$625 in free travel rewards with Chase Sapphire Preferred
Credit card companies love giving away what amounts to free money to get you to use their cards. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card just happens to be the most generous.
Apply for a Discover Card
Ten years in, and we’re still fans of this 1% cash back on everything, 5% seasonal cash back category card.
Starting a Website
Cheapest webhosting by BlueHost
From the business owner to the individual who desires full functionality on a small budget, Bluehost provides your complete web hosting solution.
Best domain name registrar ever – NameCheap
You’ll need a domain name if you don’t have one already. Search for the one you want and purchase it at the click of a button, or transfer your domain to us.
Selling online? Use Shopify
Setting up an Ecommerce store is expensive and time consuming. Shopify is a joy to work with, and you’ll have your store set up in hours, not weeks.
Use MailChimp to grow your email audience for free
Using MailChimp to keep your subscribers in touch is both professional and efficient. Free accounts support up to 2000 contacts!
Print amazing stickers, magnets, and buttons with Sticker Mule
Everyone has a business card. Wow your potential clients with a custom die-cut sticker– and get them delivered almost instantly.
Free bottle of wine from Club W
Let’s face it: you have no idea what makes a good wine, and you’ll likely never figure it out. Club W hand-selects the best wine every month and matches their offerings to your custom taste test results.
Muscle Pharm Combat Powder
Each scoop is 25g lean protein (double the amount in Muscle Milk) and it tastes great. Recommended for any ectomorphs trying to gain more muscle weight.
Amino Energy Preworkout Powder
Some powders have all kinds of obtuse “proprietary blends” or are overloaded with too much caffine. Amino Energy’s dosing amounts are perfect for scaling up or cutting back.
Upgrade your nutrition with Soylent
Food takes time, and you’ve got none to spare. Soylent is designed for use as a meal-replacement for active adults. Each serving of Soylent provides maximum nutrition with minimum effort.
Try a Graze Snack Box
We get the most out of good ingredients to create exciting combinations that taste amazing. Plus, every snack has a nutritionist-approved badge, so you can feel good about grazing.
15% off your KOR Water purchase
Discover why thousands have called KOR the best reusable bottle designer — ever. KOR is hard at work spreading sustainable hydration to the world enlisting water advocates, one customer at a time.
Shop on Amazon to support our show
Click through and bookmark this link any time you’re planning to buy something from Amazon. You’ll get the best prices on the web, and we’ll get a small kickback for sending you!
Get $5 just for trying Square Cash
Cash is the best way to send money for free. Start sending money for free today and you’ll get $5.
Finally backup your computer to the cloud with Backblaze
Never lose a file again. Get unlimited data backed up online for your Mac or PC. Just $5/month.
Use Evernote for your notetaking instead of your phone
Evernote makes modern life more manageable by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters. From work notes and to-do lists to recipe collections and travel plans, add everything to help you get organized without the effort.
Get free cloud storage from Dropbox
The simple way to work with anyone, on any file, anywhere.
Illuminated Keyboard and Wireless Mouse by Logitech
You’re either using the same dusty, nasty keyboard you always have, or you’re cramping your hands on a tiny laptop. The benefits of good posture are innumerable, so spring for a great setup at a modest price.
Anker PowerCore 10000mAh External Battery
You can never have enough power, and with Anker’s external battery pack, you don’t have to lug around a brick just to keep your phone topped off.
Anker PowerCore+ mini 3350mAh Portable Charger
Sometimes, even the smallest battery packs are too big. That’s where the PowerCore+ mini comes in: the size of a pack of gum, the juice to recharge your entire battery.
Minimalist earplugs by DUBS
Clubs, concerts, and city streets are too loud and not at all worth risking your long-term hearing for. DUBS are small, yet they still manage to cut out the extremes of sound that would otherwise leave ringing in your ears.
Super fast 32GB USB3 flash drive
Even though most file transfers happen in the cloud these days, it’s stupidly cheap and easy to keep a fast flash drive backup for disk recovery or moving between old machines.
Highly recommended, cheap Brainwavz earbuds
The earbuds you got with your iPhone aren’t bad, they’re just uncomfortable and cheap. Upgrade for a very modest price to experience sound closer to the way your favorite artists intended.
Cable Matters Cat6 Ethernet Cables
Wireless router throughput speeds are a lie and buffering is a pain. Make the switch back in time to wired connections with the best deal in cable wiring and enjoy your 4x streaming speeds.
Fast charging USB Wall outlet
Stop wasting your time waiting for the included power brick to charge your phone at a snails pace.
Fast charging Anker USB Car Adapter
Your iPad charger refills your phone faster than the small phone brick, now you can reap the same benefits while driving.
Handy 99% Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes
Your phone and keyboard have more bacteria on them that most of your home appliances. Keep them clean and oil free by keeping a few of these scattered around.
Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouspad
Perfect for overnight LAN parties or as a way to keep your mouse from slipping all over your desk. Cheap and no fuss.
Cable Matters USB to Ethernet Adapter
Wireless (even Wi-Fi AC!) is a lie– you’re just not getting the maximum speed you could be. Since most internet plans top out below 100mbps downstream, the upgrade to USB3 is only worth grabbing if you’re worried about futureproofing.
Let’s face it: cable management can be a pain… but wouldn’t you rather have your wires waiting for you– held snug to your desk– instead of dangling near your feet? We’ve kept this secret to ourselves for years, but now we’re letting you in on it.
The only data recovery service we trust – DriveSavers
I’ve used DriveSavers twice: the first time to recover photos from an accidental delete, the second from a hardware failure. Both times their speed and customer service stood head and shoulders above other vendors.
Get a free ride with Uber
Uber is the smartest way to get around: one tap and a car comes directly to you. Get a free ride on us!
Get $35 off your first Airbnb
Airbnb is the best way to rent unique, local accommodations on any budget. Save a ton of money vs booking a hotel, and save even more with our link.
Shave free for a month with Dollar Shave Club
Keep a fresh razor in your bathroom, and don’t forget one for your carry-on. We ditched our expensive store brand razors for DSC’s cut-rate pricing.